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Adult and Community Learning

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adult and community learning enrolments there were in each year since 2001. [40440]

Phil Hope [holding answer 9 January 2006]: There were 915 thousand learners funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) enrolled on Adult and Community Learning (ACL) courses in 2004/05 in England; the comparable figure for 2003/04 was 923 thousand learners.

Changes to the data collection systems, when this provision was funded through local authorities (then termed local education authorities), mean that figures for earlier years are not comparable.

Education (Milton Keynes)

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effects of prioritising 14 to 19 education on the funding of Prince's Trust schemes in North East Milton Keynes. [27206]

Bill Rammell: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey) on 11 January.

As the allocation of funding in local arrears relates to the LSC's operational responsibilities, Mark Haysom the LSC's chief Executive has written to the hon. Member with the information requested for Milton Keynes and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 11 January 2005:

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Education Funding

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage change in funding to (a) schools, (b) further education colleges and (c) universities has been since 1997; and what the change in (i) the numbers of students and (ii) academic results was over that period. [39917]

Bill Rammell: School funding (including school sixth forms) has increased by 62 per cent. in real terms from £24.2 billion in 1997–98 to £39.2 billion in 2005–06.

Since 1997 Government funding for further education colleges has increased by around £2.5 billion—equivalent to around 48 per cent. in real terms.

We do not hold detailed figures for universities. However, funding for Higher Education as a whole rose from £7.2 billion in 1997–98 to a planned level of £7.8 billion in 2005–06, a real terms increase of 11 per cent.

The number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) pupils in maintained schools was 7,506,910 in January 2005. This is 67,150 higher than in 1997.
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16–18 full time numbers in Further Education have increased by over 59,000 to 557,000 between 1997/98 and 2004/05. Total Higher Education students in England rose from 1,465,800 to 1,755,400.

The number of pupils achieving 5 or more A*—C grades at GCSE and equivalent nationally has risen from 45.1 per cent. in 1997 to 55.7 per cent. (provisional) in 2005. The percentage of 11-year-olds achieving the target level for their age (level 4) has increased from 63 per cent. in 1997 to 79 per cent. in 2005 in English and from 62 per cent. to 79 per cent. in mathematics.

Further Education has seen an increase in average student success rates from 53 per cent. to 72 per cent. between 1997/98 and 2004/05. Over the same period, the proportion of newly qualified graduates who obtained a first or upper second class degree rose from 50 per cent. to 55 per cent.

Higher Education

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are in higher education in 2005/06. [39607]

Bill Rammell: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) collects data annually in the Higher Education Students Early Statistics survey (HESES) which gives a first indication of student numbers each year. The data for 2005–06 has been collected from institutions by HEFCE but has not been fully validated. We would expect to have the final data, verified by institutions, by end January.

For the academic year 2004/05, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record shows that there were 2,157,155 students enrolled on HE courses at UK HE institutions. 1

Higher Education

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many United Kingdom nationals entered higher education at institutions based in England in the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [38002]

Bill Rammell: The available information is given in the table.
Full time undergraduate entrants to English HE institutions who are UK Nationals(5), 2000/01 to 2004/05

Total entrants302,655318,335335,475342,230346,225
Total entrants (of known nationality)215,210213,140301,785312,895320,185
Percentage of whose nationality is not known(6)29331098
Total, of knowns, who are UK nationals183,130179,770248,050255,625258,745
Percentage of knowns, who are UK nationals8584828281

(5) Information on nationality is not compulsory on the HESA dataset. Coverage is better for full time students.
(6) Not known includes those recorded as missing or not known.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5 and are on a DfES whole year count basis.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record

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